Holiday fare still awaits at Island Air
Island Air continues its holiday spirit by offering discounted inter-island fares into the new year until further notice.
To find out more, visit www.islandair.com, or call 840-2400.
The airline offers 465 weekly flights between the islands of Oahu, Maui (Kahului and Kapalua airports), Molokai, Lanai, Kauai, and the Big Island (Hilo and Kona international airports).
Seats are capacity controlled and other restrictions may apply. Itinerary changes are subject to a change fee and/or collection of fare difference.
Head to Kona for 'Royal' treatment
TravelWorm.com is offering a deal for stays at the Royal Kona Resort at Kailua Bay on the Big Island. This getaway starts at $104 per night for two, taxes and service fees not included. Reservations must be made before Feb. 28.
The property features a private saltwater lagoon for enjoying snorkeling and diving, as well as oceanfront swimming pools.
Airfare also is available starting at $258 (taxes and service fees not included) round trip per person from LAX; flights from other cities are available upon request. To book a stay, visit travelworm.com or call (888) 321-WORM (9676).
Farm tour leads to fresh abalone
For those interested in knowing more about Hawaii's seafood industry, or simply knowing where their food comes from, the Big Island Abalone Corp., a tenant of the Natural Energy Labs of Hawai'i Authority, now offers weekday tours of its 10-acre abalone farm.
Guests can hold, taste and purchase live abalone raised at the state's only abalone farm. The tours take place 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays to Fridays. Tours with Japanese-speaking guides take place 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Mondays to Fridays.
The cost is $20 for adults, $17 for seniors, and free for those under 12. Group rates also are available. Call (808) 989-8852 to reserve an English-language tour or (808) 557-6697 for a Japanese tour. See www.bigislandabalone.com for more information.
Merriman set to arrive in Maui
Maui visitors will have one more place to dine in 2008 when Peter Merriman opens Merriman's Kapalua at the oceanfront site of the former Bay Club. The chef-driven, fine dining restaurant will specialize in locally grown, raised and caught foods, and is expected to open to the public by June.
The chef, a three-time James Beard Award nominee, was one of the pioneers of Hawaii Regional Cuisine, focusing on local products, and rose to prominence with the opening of Merriman's, in Waimea on the Big Island, in 1988.